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Mkuze Game Reserve

It is situated in the northern Kwazulu Natal region. This reserve differs from others in the vicinity in that it is flat with grasslands, fossil pans, wetlands and sand dunes.

A place of great beauty and high contrasts, Mkhuze is renowned as a mecca for bird lovers with more than 420 bird species on record. The Mkhuze River curves along the reserve's northern and eastern borders with a fine stretch of fig forest along its banks. Fish eagles swoop over the pans, snatching prey spotted from their perches in the fever trees. The reserve has an astonishing diversity of natural habitats, from the eastern slopes of the Lebombo Mountains along its eastern boundary, to broad stretches of acacia savannah, swamps and a variety of woodlands and riverine forest. A rare type of sand forest also occurs in the reserve.

The reserve has a wide diversity of animal species including black and white rhinoceros, elephant, giraffe, nyala, blue wildebeest, warthog, eland, hippo, impala, kudu and other smaller antelope. Rare species occurring in the reserve are cheetah, hyena, suni and leopard. Three game viewing hides have been constructed next to the Kubube, Kamasinga, Kwamalibala pans. Visitors park their cars and enter the hides on foot. Depending on the surface water in the reserve, but normally during the drier winter months, large concentrations of game may be seen at the waterholes. Visitors are therefore offered excellent views of most of the reserve’s larger mammals. These hides offer unique opportunities to photographers and many famous wildlife pictures have been taken there. Two beautiful pans, Nhlonhlela and Nsumo , lie in the north and east respectively, home to communities of hippo, crocodile, pink backed and white pelicans, as well as a diversity of ducks and geese which gather in spring. A Zulu cultural village in the reserve offers a glimpse of the traditional lifestyle and crafts of the KwaJobe community.

In the south of the park a 4500 hectare part is fenced and reserved for hunting. The Mkhuze Controlled Hunting Area allows professional hunting under strictly controlled conditions and constant surveillance by KwaZulu Natal wildlife rangers. The park offers certain hunting packages. It can be hunted for white bull rhinos, zebra, nyala and impala antelopes, both genders, and warthogs.

How to get there

There is only one entrance to the park, accessible past the small town of Mkhuze, 25 km from the park entrance. After 15 km on the gravel road through the Lebombo Mountains turn left. The sign-post is not legible. The next 10 kilometres are relatively rough, usually in bad condition, but a 4x4 is not required.


1. Bayala Game Lodge
The undisturbed bush of western Kwazulu Natal is a sanctuary for nyala, impala, reedbuck, sani and zebra. Guided walks and game drives, hunting, bird watchers paradise, close to other game reserves and eco-destinations

2. Ghost Mountain Inn
This is the gateway to Maputaland's magnificent wildlife in a perfect setting for taking time out to relax and experience the charms of Africa in comfort and style with excellent cuisine, a cosy pub and outdoor lapa.

3. Mantuma Camp - Mkuze Game Reserve
A place of great beauty and high contrasts, Mkuze is renowned as a mecca for bird lovers with more than 420 bird species on record. Mantuma Camp offers both hutted accommodation as well as Safari tents.

4. Rhino River Lodge
In the heart of Zululand between Hluhluwe & Mkuze, the small exclusive lodge offers a unique bush experience. This private game reserve hosts a wealth of wildlife, including the rare and endangered Black Rhino. Game drives plus walks are taken daily.

5. The campground in the Mkhuze Park lies near the Emshopi entrance. It has 52 big, shady sites. It also has a little shop selling firewood and some basic food items.

6. The Umkhumbi Tented Bush Lodge is the accommodation available to hunters. Interested people must register early with KZN Wildlife.

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